Corps members on parade

Sen. Shehu Sani has called on the Federal Government to make the National Youth Service Corps scheme voluntary or provide live insurance cover for corps members.

Sani made the appeal while speaking to newsmen shortly after he condoled with the family of Lawal Kontagora, a youth corps member allegedly killed by unknown gunmen in Kaduna recently.

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Corps member shot in Kaduna

Kontagora, 26-year-old corps member, serving at Africdect Information Technology Centre, Kaduna, was shot dead by unknown gunmen in Malali area in the metropolis on October 17.

“This is not the first time, it has always been the case, when it happens, we mourn we condemn the action.
“This happened in my constituency and he is part of my constituency. I have a duty to pursue this case to its logical conclusion.“If such things happen to others and they are being ignored, I virtually will not fold my arms and see this kind of things happen.

“I am taking this issue to the National Assembly; we have to choose what to do and being a corps member.

“It is either the government makes the service year voluntary or there should be increased funding or insurance,’’ he said.

He tasks security operatives

Sani, an APC member from Kaduna Central, tasked authorities and security agencies in the state to fish out perpetrators of the heinous crime for prosecution to serve as deterrent to others.

“The very fact that we have not inherited a country that could not provide and protect us, shows that we should have been able to do better.

“Our young people are neither safe in primary or secondary schools, nor safe in the university, they are also not safe after the university,’’ Sani lamented.

He said that the state had reached a point where kidnapping was on the increase, mass murder and killing of young people had also become a daily event.